Tuesday, September 24, 2013

"I can see that you do not understand what I am saying to you. What I am saying to you is that you do not live life as Martin Luther lived life. You do not wake up in the morning as he did, nor do you go to bed at night as he did. You need to understand something about changed conditions of belief.  Do you not understand that in the time of Martin Luther, almost every single human being in European civilization woke up afraid that he would die before nightfall?  Eternal destiny was a daily, hourly, minute-by-minute thought.  Every night, as the late Medieval or early Reformation human being closed his eyes, he feared that he would wake up either in heaven or in hell.  You do not live with that fear.  And that means that your understanding of these things is very different from Martin Luther's.  That's why he threw ink pots at the Devil, and you close your notebook and sleep well at night."
- from "Atheism Remix" by Dr. Al Mohler quoting Dr. Heiko Obermann

Saturday, September 14, 2013

He Gives What He Commands

"You give them something to eat" was Jesus' command to his disciples after they asked him to send the 5,000 men and their families to get provisions.  Can you imagine being in their position?  It would have been laughable.  With a straight face, Jesus was commanding these 12 guys, with essentially nothing, to feed 5,000 men and their families. He knew they couldn't do what he was asking.

But, Jesus never intended them to obey in their own strength or with their own provisions.

He took the five loaves and the two fish, said a blessing, "then he broke the loaves and gave them to the disciples to set before the crowd" (Luke 9:16).  He gave what he commanded.  He handed them what they needed to do what he asked.

Thursday, September 12, 2013

Church History Resources

It's been a joy to walk through Church History with Christ Community Church on Wednesday nights!

I've come across a few helpful resources for the group and am listing them on our church website.  The timeline is a great resource to have in hand as we move through the first 6 centuries of the church.  Also, the series on the NT Canon was really helpful.